December 3, 1943 - May 10, 2019
Mary Judith Smith was born to Harold and Mary (Shafer) Smith on December 3, 1943. She attended St. Andrews's School in Milford and met several friends that she was still in contact with. She graduated from McNicholas High School in 1961 and was involved in planning the classes' 50th and 55th reunions. She met with classmates for lunch monthly.
After graduation she attended Loyola University New Orleans. She chose the college because she wanted a Jesuit education. While there, she was a resident assistant, big sister, president of the Young Republican club, and a perpetual bridge player.
Judy graduated with a degree in political science and a desire to join the foreign service. While waiting to pass the test, she started her career with the "welfare department" that would later be called the Department of Health and Human Services.
In 1966 she saw an article about the American Red Cross and their need for female recreation aides, affectionately known as "Donut Dollies," to serve in Vietnam. Judy left for Vietnam that year and "brought a little bit of home" to the men serving there.
Upon returning home, she married Russell Webb, the GI she met at the airport upon her arrival in Vietnam. They moved to San Diego where she continued her career in social work. Her son, Teague Webb, was born in 1972. The family moved to Portland, Oregon, then home to Cincinnati, then to Waterbury and Cheshire Connecticut. Throughout those moves, Judy continued her passion for helping people through her social work career.
In 1979 Judy and Teague returned to Cincinnati. Judy took a job at the Department of Health and Human Services, which she held until her retirement.
She became a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church, later Church of the Resurrection. Her involvement in the parish included becoming a lay pastoral associate, catechist, member of the liturgy of the word team, the social justice committee, and collection counter. She organized and was a member of many prayer groups through the years.
Judy joined many organizations and attended numerous classes and workshops, including one on how to meet people. She made a friend in that group that she continued to have lunch with until her death. She participated in a workshop for divorced parents and made lifelong friends.
She continued playing bridge and met Walter Squire. In 1989, they were married and she gained three children, Charlie, Denise, and Laura. When they married, they started monthly potlucks with all the friends they had made through the years. They moved to Marathon, OH and she became involved with Jackson Township politics and was given the Clermont County Leadership Award.
After Walter passed away in 2002, Judy continued her social work career, eventually retiring from ACT (Accountability and Credibility Together.)
She joined a widow/widowers group and continued to organize get togethers of the group until her death. Upon retirement she joined the Retired State and Federal employees group, serving as legislative chairman and providing monthly speakers.
She joined the New Richmond and Williamsburg garden clubs and the herb group that met in Goshen. As a member of Grailville, she served on the eco village board.
She took yoga for more than 20 years and was a certified arthritis exercise instructor. She was involved with and taught at the Clermont County and Northern Brown County senior citizen centers.
Card playing continued to be a big part of her life; she belonged to two bridge groups, and played cards with friends and family whenever she could get a group together. Her membership in the Creche society took her to many cities throughout the US and Canada. She collected countless unique creches from around the world.
She was a Republican poll worker. She traveled to Tanzania four times, and developed a great love for the people and the country. Her first trip was with Heifer International, and she became an outreach worker for the organization. She helped her grandchildren support animals across the world. She then traveled to Tanzania with the Village Life program and Good Shepard parish. Her final trip to Tanzania was in 2014 with her friend Gloria, meeting with students and various Precious Blood priests.
She was a lifelong learner attending UC's Ollie classes, workshops, and seminars on a variety of topics. An avid reader, she was a member of at least three book clubs and always had a book on tape in her car.
Judy was a loving daughter, sister, mother, wife, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a social "connector" for all who knew her. She encouraged her grandchildren and great nieces and nephews to put together boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
Throughout her life she was a avid collector of anything that caught her fancy. She never passed up a flea market, thrift store, clearance rack or yard sale. She was a recycling advocate.
Judy was always ready for an adventure. She was a rule maker, not a follower.
A dedicated Catholic, she was an auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary, a devoted EWTN watcher, especially in her last months when she was not able to attend daily mass at her neighborhood parish, St. Angela Merici in Fayetteville. Memorials in her honor may be made to Women's Memorial Foundation
200 North Glebe Rd. Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22203 or www.womensmemorial.org
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Church of The Ressurection Catholic Church, 1619 California Ave. Cincinnati 45237. A Celebration of Life gathering, for family and friends will be 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Evans Funeral Home. 741 Center St. Milford, 45150